Man accused of stealing from grandmother


May 1, 2008

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) -- An Athens man who was ordered to stay away
from his 81-year-old grandmother after stealing her identity to pay
for a sex-change operation is back in jail, accused of exploiting
her to pay for a car and sex-chat phone calls.

Detective Beverly Russell said Maurice Jordan Jarrells was in
the Clarke County Jail Thursday in lieu of $40,000 bond after being
charged with exploitation of an elderly or disabled person and
financial identification fraud.

Jarrells, 22, pleaded guilty to elderly exploitation and fraud
charges in November after running up $100,000 in debt in his
grandmother's name. A judge sentenced him to 10 years' probation,
provided he live away from his grandmother and get mental health

Russell said Jarrells had treatments preparing for the
sex-change but not the actual surgery.

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